How many guns would you have to own in order to be induced to shoot your mother in the head? Does easy access to ammunition make you more inclined to go to a kindergarten and murder children? Profoundly stupid questions. Guns don’t cause people to commit these depraved, heinous crimes. Americans understand this.
Much is made about the murder rate in the United States which is 4.2 per hundred thousand. That doesn’t tell the whole story, however. It varies greatly by location.
The homicide rate in Iowa in 2011 was 1.1 which is lower than that of the UK were almost all gun ownership is prohibited. Iowa has very lax gun laws. It is a shall issue state with no registration or restrictions on long guns. Iowa is awash in guns.
Across the Mississippi, Illinois has some of the most restrictive gun laws in America and the homicide rate is 6.0; almost six times greater.
Head south to Mexico and gun restrictions are far more onerous than those in Illinois and the homicide rate is 16.9; or about 15 time greater than in Iowa.
Switzerland is awash in automatic weaponry and its homicide rate is 0.6 per hundred thousand. The homicide rate in Mexico, where gun ownership is heavily restricted, is 28 times greater than in Switzerland were most households store fully automatic assault rifles.
The homicide rate in the District of Columbia, which has the most harsh gun laws in the United States, is 24.0. That is 22 times greater than the homicide rate in Vermont which allows any person to carry a concealed handgun without any kind of a permit at all.
If guns caused people to kill their mothers and murder kindergartners, Switzerland would be a bloodbath and Mexico would be a peaceful paradise. It doesn’t work that way.
The reality is, guns have nothing to do with what causes a young man to brutally and violently murder his own mother and go hunting for little children. Yet restricting guns is the easy answer being proposed by shallow thinking people coast to coast.
Sadly, there is little that can be done to stop someone so depraved and lacking of basic humanity that he would kill his mother and little children. That is the nature of evil.